Garfield Trail

HARD 8 reviews
#14 of 19 trails in

Garfield Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3822 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, definitely for more experienced hikers. A few tricky spots and as other reviewers have mentioned the trail can be hard to follow. Preload or download the trail on AllTrails to get the GPS.

A few notes:
-First 3.5 miles I'd categorize as a moderate difficulty. Last mile to the summit definitely ratchets up the difficulty to hard+.
-Shortly after you pass 3.5 miles you'll pass a national forest boundary sign. Just beyond this the GPS is wrong as it will try to take you up rockslide/scree. Do not go up this. Stay close to the stream - climb over fallen trees if you have to. The rockslide area is really sketchy.
-The last .25 mile up to the summit after the 90 degree left turn there is no trail whatsoever. Just full bush whacking. Point straight up the mountain and power on.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Hard trail to follow. Definitely has some great views but be ready to really search to stay on track and climb.

hiking
3 months ago

Great location once you get away from all the people on Seven Bridges. Multiple remnants of cabins past Trail 667, and nice elevation gain up to the saddle between Mts. Garfield and Arthur. The further you go north onto the last slope up to the summit, the less bushwhacking required, at least that's what I remember discovering on the way back down. It's been about 5 yrs since I was on the summit. Nice view/photo opp. to Pikes Peak. BTW, you can also climb to Mt Arthur from the saddle, views are too obstructed there, though.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike with an awesome view of Pikes as a reward. Multiple cairns along the way once you get past Seven Bridges. Watch out for fallen trees once you are heading north past SB; they cover parts of the trail. Good technique is to always have the creek no more than 20 meters away from you, and that should help if you think you're off trail.

6 months ago

Took 7 bridges route to the top after trail 662a... good hike... very sore